Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay is recognized as one of the most outstanding and sought-after tabla artists of this generation. He has established himself as a top-notch accompanist as well as a formidable soloist. Arup’s performances are admired for their exceptional tonal quality, clarity and deep compositional repertoire—all presented with an innate sense of rhythm and melody. Arup began learning tabla at age six from his father, the eminent tabla player, Pandit Pankaj Chattopadhyay. He then came under the tutelage of the world-renowned tabla maestro, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, and is one of his premier disciples. He was awarded Top-Grade by All India Radio and Television.
Arup has accompanied many of the leading musicians of India, such as: Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Nayan Ghosh, Pandit Ajay Chakrabarty, Lakshmi Shankar, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ustad Rashid Khan, V.G. Jog, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, and Pandit Kushal Das, among others. In 1998, Arup was honored to accompany the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar in tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and India—including performances in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center in the US, and Barbican Hall in London. Arup toured the UK with the late Pandit Deepak Choudhury several times, and further abroad with Pandit Kartik Seshadri in 1997.
Arup is also a highly sought-after teacher and has been a visiting lecturer since 1999 with University of California, San Diego; and previously a professor of tabla at Baratiya Vidya Bhavan in London (Institute of Indian Culture).